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The NRF was established through the National Research Foundation Act (Act No 23 of 1998), following a system-wide review conducted for the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST). The new entity incorporated the functions of the research funding agencies that were previously servicing various sections of the research community, namely the former Centre for Science Development (CSD) of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the former Foundation for Research Development (FRD) that included several National Research Facilities.


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Indo-South African Flagship Programme in Astronomy 2015

India and South Africa share common aspirations for scientific and technological development, and for the growth of human capital resources. The countries are members of the BRICS consortium, and have a current bi-lateral agreement to foster joint progress. Their shared goals are particularly apparent in the area of...

UK – South Africa Researcher Links Grants for Travel and Hosting of Scientific Events 2015

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with prominent UK academies (i.e. the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society) and the British Council is pleased to invite applications for the UK – South Africa Researcher Links grants. These grants will support...

Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees Funding Instrument - 2015 Call for Final Reports

All grantholders that received 2014 funding from the above Funding Instrument are requested to submit a 2015 Final Report. The required expenditure report is included in this Final Report.

ESRC/NRF Newton Call for Collaborative Research Urban Transformations in South Africa 2016

The ESRC and the NRF recognize that the very best research can be fostered by working with, and benchmarking against the best researchers internationally. To this end, both parties wish to develop collaborative activities that bring together UK and South African researchers. The ESRC and the NRF therefore invite...

Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme

Concept Notes for Integrated Team Projects 2015: The primary focus of the Programme is to generate, mobilize, co-ordinate and make accessible foundational biodiversity knowledge in line with the needs of society, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) Global Change Programme and the bio-economy. The main...

Call for Proposals - Sabbatical Grants for Completion of Doctoral Degrees (Closed Call for nominees)

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

South Africa (NRF)/Poland (NCBR) – Science and Technology Research Collaboration 2016

The NRF and the NCBR of Poland signed the MoU on 11 December 2014 to foster scientific and technological cooperation by facilitating brain circulation between the two countries and support research development activities of scientific and technical cooperation between South African and Polish universities and research...

Calls for Nominations for NRF Research Excellence Awards

Information on two calls for nominations for: NRF Research Excellence Award for Emerging Researchers and NRF Research Excellence Award for outstanding Doctoral Candidates (Next Generation Researchers).

Call for Research and Innovation Reward Programme

The National Research Facilities Research and Innovation Reward Programme (RIRP) is aimed at improving the quality and quantity of research outputs from the researchers at the National Research Facilities (NFs) by making monetary awards for quality research outputs generated by the NFs.

Call for Nominations - Sabbatical Grants to Complete Doctoral Degrees

In 2010 the Department of Science and Technology (DST) introduced the “Improving Academic Qualifications of Academic Staff and Researchers” funding to accelerate the training of doctoral candidates, as a once-off project. In 2013 the DST renewed its funding commitment and extended this to a three-year programme....

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NRF/NSF International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

he National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an...

NRF/NSF International Research Coordination Networks (IRCNs) Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

he National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers an...

NRF/NSF Dimensions of Biodiversity Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Biological Sciences and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have formed a partnership to promote opportunities for collaboration between researchers of the United States and South Africa. This collaboration offers the United States and South African researchers...

DST-NRF Internship Programme 2018/19

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience...

ICSU-South Africa Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017

The South African (SA) ICSU Secretariat serves the South African scientific community and most of the ICSU scientific unions and affiliates to which South Africa adheres. The goal of the National Board is to promote effective South African involvement in the organization of the ICSU network. South Africa is also a...

Applications for Evaluation and Rating - 2018

Applicants are invited to submit applications for evaluation and rating at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events/Travel Grants 2017 Second Call

In a globalised world, the internationalisation of research is imperative for the competitiveness of any country. While international collaboration has always been an intrinsic part of the research and innovation (R&I) endeavour, the forces of competitiveness and globalisation are accelerating the scope, pace and...

BRICS Multilateral Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration Call 2018

In line with the objectives of the Moscow Declaration and the BRICS STI framework the NRF is pleased to announce the 2nd BRICS Multilateral Call for 2018 joint projects, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications, by a date no later than 1 December 2017.

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